Less than three weeks ago Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., made the move to expell five of its members who participated in VH1’s controversial “Sorority Sisters” show. Now Adrene Ashford, one of the cast members who was expelled is opening up and apologizing to her sisters.
In a recent interview with Rolling Out, Adrene Ashford opened up about the backlash she received from being a part of the much debated show:
“The backlash was not something that I expected in this way. I would have never thought it would come to this. I have a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to the show. It is a very sensitive subject for me. There was some humiliation and I was very devastated. This year would be 20 years invested in Delta for me. This is my whole adult life. My friend and I have built some serious bonds and I don’t know if they will be the way they were before the show started. There were a lot of my sorors, including my line sisters who called me and said, “ I don’t agree with the show but I know you and I support you.” That to me represents true friendship and true sisterhood. When a person can say I may not agree with all the decisions you have made but I still love you, that’s sisterhood! You have to be sisterly for someone to be sisterly towards you.”
One thing Adrene wishes is that she would have been given a fair chance by nationals to plead her case before the expulsion was mad final.
“I don’t believe that my voice was heard by nationals. There was not any direct dialogue between nationals and myself. I would love to have had a hearing before the final expulsion. I think we live in a fair country and I think that one of the beautiful things about America is that we have choices. That is how I saw my interaction and involvement with the show. I never once thought, “Hey, I’m a Delta!” “I’m going to show them what Delta is about.” It was never that for me. I would really like to share that with national and the powers that be. I would love to have the opportunity to have my voice heard and give them the opportunity to ask me questions directly as to what their issues are. I do understand that there are issues. I am willing to approach, talk about it, and discuss it.”
But in the end this 20 year member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc wants to apologize to the members of Delta:
“I apologize to all sorors and Delta Sigma Theta for any offense that I have made them feel. I didn’t intend to offend the sorority in any way. My decision to go on the show was purely a business decision for the betterment of my brand. I’ve been working on it for as long as I’ve been a soror and as a business you’re always looking to evolve. I took a step to evolve. My involvement in that was telling my story and I can’t really tell my story without having a reference or mentioning that I am a Delta, because that is significant to my story. I think a lot of reasons why I am a great businesswoman is because I pledged and because of some of the principles and the relationships that I developed through Delta in my business world and in my personal life. It was never my intent to offend or misrepresent my sorors of Delta Sigma Theta in my involvement on the show. I want to graciously say, ‘I have been a proud member and have been for 20 years with Delta Sigma Theta.'”
What do you think? Should Adrene have been given a chance to plead her case in front of nationals before the expelled her? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Check out her interview with Big Tigger of V-103 about being expelled.
Former Ntl. President of Delta Sigma Theta, Congresswoman Fudge, Introduces Bill to Track Hazing on a National Level
Former Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and current U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, Marcia Fudge has introduced a bill that would require universities by federal law to include the hazing incidents in their yearly crime reports.
Fudge and her co-sponsor, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan, believe that tracking college hazing will allow authorities grasp the practice’s prevalence and figure out how to reduce it on a national level.
“The bill would require schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose hazing incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals in their yearly security reports and to implement a hazing education program for students,” Cleveland.com states.
“We cannot act only after an unfortunate incident occurs,” Fudge said in a statement. “We need a strategy that will address hazing at its core. Accurate college reporting will provide the data we need to develop legislative solutions for administrators and faculty and protect our nation’s college students.”
Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served from 1996 to 2000 and is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. She has also served as the co-chair of the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. Last year, after the leak of internal documents from the Democratic Party that forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down, Rep. Fudge served as the chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Rep. Fudge’s hazing bill has been endorsed by Pennsylvania State University, where Timothy Piazza, an engineering student, died earlier this year from of injuries sustained while pledging Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge leads Press Conference on Anti-Hazing w/ Rep Meehan at the US Capitol https://t.co/70zLbwifr0
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) July 13, 2017
The bill is currently being endorsed by organizations including the National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
“The likelihood is very good that we are going to get it passed. It is a bipartisan bill and I think we are going to be great. I think they are going to pass it because everybody knows it is a problem.” Marcia said when asked if she thought the bill was going to pass by Cleveland.com reporters.
— Delta Sigma Theta (@dstinc1913) August 7, 2017
Marcia Louise Fudge has served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008, a district that includes most of the black-majority areas between Cleveland and Akron. Fudge was initially elected to Congress in November 2008. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education. She is active in the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congressional Military Family Caucus, STEM Education Caucus, Children’s Caucus (Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity).
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Melanin Poppin’: Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae from Lincoln University Do Beautiful Bahamas Photoshoot
To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of their sorors, alumnae of Lincoln University, PA who were initiated through the Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta went to the Bahamas for a sisterhood trip.
While on the trip, the ladies hit the beach on Rose Island for a photo shoot that will make you want to buy a ticket to the Bahamas ASAP. We reached out to the women in the photos and they told us that this was more than just a group vacation.
“This was more than just a girls trip, it was a celebration of life, education, reaching career goals and love. We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down.”
“We are educators, counselors, attorneys, registered nurse, directors, managers, and entrepreneurs,” @bpain1, one of the ladies in the photos told Watch The Yard.
Currently, we have been seeing a rise in Black sorority sisterhood trips and we love it. There is nothing like relaxing and enjoying the special bond that is sisterhood in the sun next to crystal clear water!
Check out their STUNNING photos below!
“We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down,” one of the ladies told Watch The Yard.
Photo Credit: @i.candice
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This Is What Happens When the Deltas and Ques From Clark Atlanta University Team up for a Coleman Love Yard Show
You already know it is going down when the Ques and Deltas at Clark Atlanta University team up!
The Beta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. teamed up for a joint yard show and it is one for the books.
Watch below as they stroll, recite information, and celebrate everything that is Coleman Love!
Shot by @Cauontheyardcau and emmanuel11246
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